A group of farmers calls for the temporary suspension of wild boar farming

“We’ve had resolutions in the past that have come to our conventions. It was an undue frustration with what’s going on in rural Saskatchewan with these boars really starting to take over the countryside and being really hard to control,” Orb said.

SARM had asked the province to institute the moratorium but this did not happen but instead several control measures were put in place.

Orb said the animal is elusive, nocturnal and difficult to hunt.

“Hunters could actually disperse these boar herds and move them to another area,” Orb said. “They are very prolific. They are very sturdy. This is why they are so difficult to control.

Boars are notoriously smart and reckless when roaming crops, golf courses, and native lands. Adult animals can weigh over 200 pounds, are fast and have sharp tusks. They can easily withstand the freezing temperatures of Saskatchewan.

In 2016, the Wildlife Regulations were amended to allow hunters to hunt wild boar year-round without a permit. SARM was happy with this change in policy, but SARM members have been calling for moratoriums on wild boar farming since 2009.

“With the wild boar population continuing to spread, is it time to put these moratoriums in place so the problem doesn’t get worse?” said Orb. “The time is at hand for a long-term collaborative solution to be put in place with our provincial government. »

The annual MRSA conference is held in Regina, Saskatchewan. From March 15 to 17.

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